A cluster of 28 students tested positive for influenza A since Oct. 24 at Rhode Island University (South Kingstown), the state’s first known flu outbreak this year, according to the state health department.
The state laboratory noted that infection control procedures have been reviewed with the university, but there are no known common trends linking these students to the same dormitories or classrooms.
Selection of student samples tested as the influenza A: H3 subtype with samples forwarded to the CDC for further analysis.
Only 0.1% of samples were positive for influenza in U.S. clinical labs this week, 38.5% of them were influenza A while 61.5% were influenza B, according to cumulative data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since March 3. of October 2021.
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The U.S. Ambulatory Disease Surveillance Network (ILINet), which monitors outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI), noted as of Oct. 23, 1.8% of all outpatient visits to a healthcare provider were due to influenza-like illness. , which is below the national baseline of 2.5%, “therefore, any increase in ILI activity is likely due to increased circulation of other respiratory viruses.”
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